wardrobe staples

What you wear can define you as a person. Our style, whether you like it or not, tells the outside world what you are all about. It can indicate what kind of person you are, what your lifestyle is like, and even what music you’re into. Fact is, it will always be very important that you’re comfortable and confident with your clothes.

Despite all that, there are still certain items of clothing that I feel every woman should have in their wardrobe. The style and cut may vary, but these essentials are timeless, and can be relied upon in almost any situation. Don’t worry…I’m not about to force harem pants into your wardrobe.

1. Little black dress (LBD)

Every woman should have one of these – the default outfit for any dressy occasion. It could be a date, a party or even an interview – with the right accessories the LBD can cover all the bases. Get one you really like and it will provide you with years of reliable service. Not bad for one little dress, is it?

2. Black blazer

Very similar to the little black dress, the black blazer is all about versatility. It can look great as a casual or smart item. Team it with some jeans for a stylish, understated look, or with a black skirt for a smart, authoritative appearance. It doesn’t need to be expensive, just the right cut and fit. By changing accessories, you can alter its appearance to suit any situation.

3. Quality blue jeans

Denim is more or less universal. Originally made as a tough material for cowboys, it’s now the world’s bottom-half material of choice. I feel as though, with jeans, you get what you pay for. Buy cheap and they’ll look just that – probably won’t last very long either. Go with a respected brand like Firetrap and your jeans will look great with everything for years to come.

4. White, button-down shirt

A great white shirt should subtly accentuate your shape and your best features. Like so many wardrobe staples, it really works with anything – the true meaning of a ‘wardrobe essential’!

Style is all about individuality and expressing yourself through your clothes, but these items are ones that we should definitely all have in our closet. Use them as a base from which to accessorise and build up your own individual je ne sais quoi!


As I’ve already mentioned, I think the tribal trend is going to reign supreme for Spring/Summer 2012. So far, apart from that, it seems like everyone is yearning for a LPD – Little Pink Dress. Last season (Fall/Winter 2011), designer’s replaced the everygirls favourite dress (The Little Black Dress) for bright, stark whites. Things are now looking a little more saturated.

The best thing? There seems to be a “Pretty in Pink” moment to suit every taste. Cushnie et Ochs presented a criss-cross halter with a second skin feel, Jenni Kayne added thigh-baring slits to a sleek – and otherwise classic – sheath, Kevork Kiledjian played with multiple pink tones on a body-conscious minidress, and Peter Som blew us all away with a multi-tiered feather dress. I can’t wait to see what other designers have done with the typically femme hue.

Breakfast at Tiffanys
Fred, darling! Let us celebrate a film that has captured hearts for over fifty years with this edition of Look for Less, shall we? Wing out your eyeliner and settle down with your Audrey Hepburn poster for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s look that will make anyone believe you had been making several trips to the powder room.

  First things first, the LBD (little black dress). This simple LBD from Target for £17 is the perfect piece to kick things off! Structure, quality…bargain.

  One of Holly Golightly‘s many trademarks – kitten heels! <a href=”Styluxe’s Pointed Toe Kitten Heel is on sale for£8.

  As Miss Golightly would say, “You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.” These Classic Black Cubic Zirconium Studs say style and savvy, obviously, as they are only £7!

  With a black-based look, it’s all about the statement jewellery! This multi-strand of black beads and pearls packs a glamourous punch and is only going to set you back £8.

Songkran
The past week – in it’s entirety – was spent calculating the areas where I wouldn’t be attacked. Blame Songkran. For those who are unaware, Songkran is the name for the Thai New Year – a country-wide holiday which is celebrated country-wide by dousing as many people as you can find with a bucket of water.

It is fabulous. Along with armies of buckets, cups, super soakers, and garden hoses ready to pounce from every corner, there is a wonderful sense of unity and excitement everywhere you turn. If you’re in Bangkok, you can’t escape it.

With that said, after a few days of play your sartorial sanity may begin to suffer. The moment some mentholated talc – which is sometimes mixed with the H20 – hits your Christian Louboutins, your eyes will be spewing water of their own. Solution? Follow these tips to get the most out of city-wide water fights while dressed for success.

  • Waterproof it. Obvious as the advice is, a raincoat will protect you! Just make sure it is lightweight – the heat is unforgiving.
  • The LBD. Little black dress to the rescue! Any dark shift dress would be great to move in, and won’t become transparent when wet!
  • Lined garments. Things will cling when drenched. I stuck to a wardrobe of polyester lined dresses and saved myself from any water getting through!
  • Your most comfortable shoes. Avoid boots, sneakers/trainers and anything that you would skip in the rain. Flat, sturdy sandals are the way.
  • Hide the good stuff. You will kick yourself for thinking you can avoid your nicer clothes getting hit. There is no mercy!
  • Wear a bikini underneath. Simply? They are designed to be wet, your bra and underoos are not.
  • Un-style your hair. Tie it up or let it sway in it’s natural way. Blowdries last no longer than it takes to pull the trigger of a water gun.

Here is to many future Songkran festivities! Enjoy!

Eric Tibusch Couture
Parisian couturier Eric Tibusch provides everything a woman needs from haute couture. The genius designer is known for his modern and affordable productions of French haute couture, which he qualifies as “young couture”. Tibusch was recruited on the spot by Jean Paul Gaultier in 1998 and given the responsibility for the fashion shows of his famous “Maison de Haute Couture”, eventually creating his own “Maison de Couture” eight years later, aged just 34. This week, I was fortunate enough to get a great interview with the legend himself:

Bonjour, monsieur! Five words to sum up the brand?
Contemporary-avant-garde-couture. There, I can sum it up in one!

Smart cookie. So why fashion design in the first place?
When I was a child I remember going to visit the tailor-maid with my mother. I would collect pieces of fabric that had fallen on the floor and make clothes for my cousin’s Barbie dolls. Also, my mother was a fashion-lover and she passed this down onto me. Fashion has been a passion shared by the both us and this passion is something I’ve always had inside me. I worked for several years in a famous couture house where I learnt an enormous amount of things. One day the opportunity to launch a couture collection presented itself to me, and so I went for it, and it all began from there.

What a dream! What has been your biggest challenge thus far?
The biggest challenge has been launching a ready-to-wear line, in fact we are currently developing a second line for the wider public for both women and men.

Men, as well – how refreshing! How would you define your personal style?
Comfortable, elegant and contemporary.

Finish this sentence: “I can’t get through the day without…”
Shoes!

And for the females – one piece of advice for today’s woman?
A little black dress, because every woman needs to have one in her wardrobe.

Favourite and least favourite trend of the season?
I don’t actually pay attention to the current trends, I prefer to anticipate upcoming trends instead!

Personal highlight from your last show?
My personal favourite from my latest couture show ‘Legende‘ is my ‘contemporary art in haute couture’ dress. To make it, I took down an oil painting and cut into it to form a long dress. The painting is signed Alexandra Mas, and the dress will be on display at her upcoming exhibition in London early next year.

That was a phenomenal piece! So, what is next for Eric Tibusch?
It’s more or less confidential, so all I will reveal is that I am continuing my exploration of fashion architecture.